Imphal: “The culprit would not be spared and stringent action would be taken against them as per law,” chief minister N. Biren Singh remarked expressing strong condemnation against the brutal killing of the two students — Phijam Hemajit and Hijam Linthoingambi, terming it as a heinous crime.
The chief minister was talking to reporters at the chief minister’s secretariat on Wednesday.
The case of missing of the two teenagers was handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on August 28, said the chief minister while the duo went missing since July 6.
Biren said he had talked with Union Home minister Amit Shah regarding the case and added that the case is being taken seriously.
“Special Director, CBI Ajay Bhatnagar along with other five officials have arrived Imphal and started the investigation,” he added.
He appealed to all the people of the state to have trust in seriousness taken by the government regarding the case.
The government knew that a large number of people turned out on roads in different places out of emotion and anger, after seeing the viral photographs of the two students. He instructed the security forces to have maximum restraint while controlling the mob and added that action would be initiated, if security personnel use excessive action against the public especially the students in controlling their agitation, he said.
Biren informed that 25 companies of central forces and two companies of Rapid Action Force had been deployed in 23 places of Churachandpur district. He continued that a process had been taken up to deploy three companies of central force in Behiang, maintaining that the government is taking up steps to enforce law and order.
Stating that he is in continuous contact with the Union Home minister, Biren said the state hovernment has been taking all steps to restore peace under the supervision of the Prime Minister and Union Home minister.